Rock-Solid Names That Fly Under the Radar

For months now, headlines have touted the strong performance and value of "quality" stocks. In the majority of these articles, the word "quality" has been almost synonymous with "blue-chip" -- and, yes, "quality" can indeed refer to the biggest or most widely recognized businesses. In periods of uncertainty or slow growth, corporate behemoths like Coca-Cola (KO), Wal-Mart (WMT) and Kraft (KFT) do have the financial wherewithal to navigate the storm and keep shareholders afloat until the cycle turns.

Yet quality doesn't necessarily mean the biggest or the most recognized. "Size" is a very relative term when it comes to investing. To me $5 billion is big -- just not quite as big as $50 million. "Quality" can also mean a strong business model and balance sheet, and a history of solid performance -- attributes that can all be achieved whether a company is working with tens of billions or hundreds of millions of dollars. One thing is for certain: Quality holds tremendous value and means that, over time, the business can be counted on to deliver. ...317 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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